The best gaming headsets

Read our in-depth wrap-up of the best gaming headsets (wireless and wired) to wrap around your noggin for all-day play.

Best gaming headset overall
SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro
SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless
5 out of 5 stars
5
From
$599
Platform compatibility
Every major platform
Connectivity
2.4GHz (via DAC), Bluetooth 5.0, wired (hi-res)
Battery life
40+ hours (replaceable battery)
Best cheap gaming headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 Gaming Headset
HyperX Cloud Stinger 2
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
From
$89
Platform compatibility
PS4, PS5, XBO, XSS, XSX, PC
Connectivity
Wired
Battery life
N/A
Best multiplatform gaming headset
Turtle Beach Stealth Pro
Turtle Beach Stealth Pro Xbox
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
From
$499
Platform compatibility
Every major platform
Connectivity
2.4GHz (dongle), Bluetooth 5.1
Battery life
24+ hours
Best Xbox gaming headset
Xbox Headset
Xbox Wireless Headset
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
From
$139
Platform compatibility
XBO, XSS, XSX, PC
Connectivity
Xbox Wireless, Bluetooth, USB-C
Battery life
15+ hours
Best PlayStation gaming headset
Razer Barracuda Pro
Razer Barracuda Pro
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
From
$396.82
Platform compatibility
PS4, PS5, PC, Mac, Switch, mobile
Connectivity
2.4GHz (dongle), Bluetooth 5.2
Battery life
40+ hours
Nathan Lawrence
Oct 05, 2023
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There’s a lot to consider when buying your next gaming headset, and probably more than what goes into picking a gaming mouse or gaming keyboard. The first is price, with upfront fees ranging from under $50 to around $600. Paying more isn’t necessarily better but you will have to invest at least $100 to move from wired headsets to wireless headset freedom.

Most of the picks on this page are wireless headset because, outside of cost, there are few reasons to go with a wired headset these days. The more you’re willing to pay, the more you unlock features like multiplatform compatibility, practical everyday headphone replacement and all-day battery life. Scroll on for a list of the best gaming headsets you can buy in Australia.

Compare the best gaming headsets

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Model
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Platform compatibility
Connectivity
Battery life
bulletBest gaming headset overall
Every major platform2.4GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, wired40+ hours
bulletBest cheap gaming headset
PS4, PS5, XBO, XSS, XSX, PCWiredN/A
bulletBest multiplatform gaming headset
Every major platform2.4GHz, Bluetooth 5.124+ hours
bulletBest Xbox gaming headset
XBO, XSS, XSX, PCXbox Wireless, Bluetooth, USB-C15+ hours
bulletBest PlayStation gaming headset
PS4, PS5, PC, Mac, Switch, mobile2.4GHz, Bluetooth 5.240+ hours
bulletBest gaming earbuds
PS4, PS5, Steam Deck, Switch, PC2.4GHz, Bluetooth 5.224+ hours

SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless

Best gaming headset overall

5 out of 5 stars
5
Platform compatibility
Every major platform
Connectivity
2.4GHz (via DAC), Bluetooth 5.0, wired (hi-res)
Battery life
40+ hours (replaceable battery)
Starts at
$599

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

pro
Pros
pro Incredible customisable sound
pro Full platform compatibility (Xbox version)
pro Long battery life
con
Cons
con Very expensive
con Ear cushions better when upgraded
con Only Bluetooth 5.0

It’s been more than a year since the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless first graced my noggin. Since then, it’s remained my go-to all-rounder gaming headset. While these cans have an expensive RRP, they’re a pricey investment in everything you could ever want from a gaming headset. Definitely buy the Xbox version, even if you don’t own that platform, just to have the option of across-the-board compatibility: Xbox, PlayStation, PC, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Steam Deck and mobile. You get all-day comfort, optional hi-res sound via wired connection, a replaceable battery for dozens of hours of gaming, and an easy-to-use versatile DAC. Unlock a viable competitive edge online via Sonar tweaks and tuck away the retractable microphone for a great-sounding pair of active noise-cancelling (ANC) headphones.

For alternatives, consider the Astro A30 Wireless, Turtle Beach Stealth Pro Xbox or the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro.

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Gaming headset microphone quality
Generally, the big compromise with most gaming headsets is the microphone. In my years of testing dozens of headsets, the only one that’s truly impressed me is the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro. If microphone quality is important to you, look out for a gaming headset that includes a pop filter at the least. Mic quality may be less important to you, but your teammates will appreciate clearer comms from a superior microphone.

HyperX Cloud Stinger 2

Best cheap gaming headset

3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
Platform compatibility
PS4, PS5, XBO, XSS, XSX, PC
Connectivity
Wired
Battery life
N/A
Starts at
$89

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

pro
Pros
pro Very affordable
pro Big sound
pro All-day comfort
con
Cons
con Mic isn’t the best
con Bulky, plasticky design
con Don’t pull on the cable

If you’re after a cheap wired gaming headset, start comparisons with the HyperX Cloud Stinger 2. The main disclaimer is you have to pick official platform compatibility—PlayStation, Xbox or PC—because there’s a headset for each. With that choice aside, expect to be impressed by the big sound from the generous 50mm audio drivers and all-day comfort. Admittedly, while official compatibility is restricted to what’s listed on the box, the reality is that any Cloud Stinger 2 should work with anything that has a 3.5mm audio jack. Audio will work a treat but the microphone quality isn’t always the best and may have issues across unofficial platforms. That said, the Cloud Stinger 2 is still a well-designed headset with a competitive price.

For a cheap alternative, consider the Turtle Beach Recon 70 or start your wireless journey with the Xbox Wireless Headset. If you want more of a premium wired headset, consider the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense.

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Wired vs wireless gaming headsets
As I mentioned in the intro, wireless is generally better than wired these days. There’s money to be saved with wired, for sure, but today’s wireless headsets are just as lightweight and low latency as wired gaming headsets. Be sure to match battery life to your longest typical gaming sessions for wireless headsets, plus go for something with 2.4GHz connectivity for wired-like audio responsiveness.

Turtle Beach Stealth Pro Xbox

Best multiplatform gaming headset

4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Platform compatibility
Every major platform
Connectivity
2.4GHz (dongle), Bluetooth 5.1
Battery life
24+ hours
Starts at
$499

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

pro
Pros
pro Very comfortable cans
pro Big sounds that’s well-balanced
pro Straightforward customisation
con
Cons
con Real-world battery life ain’t flash
con Right-earcup controls
con Missed DAC opportunity

It’s clear that the Stealth Pro headset is Turtle Beach’s response to the popularity of the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless. And that’s okay because the Stealth Pro competes on most of the features of SteelSeries’ pricey juggernaut albeit, thankfully, at a cheaper asking price. Slipping them on for the first time, you’ll notice big sound that’s well-balanced out of the box and also customisable via Turtle Beach software. As with the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless, opt for the Xbox version of the Stealth Pro for compatibility across all major platforms. There is a removable battery (with a spare in the box), which is charged in a device that could have been a DAC. Admittedly, the real-world battery life isn’t as great as what’s advertised. Still, for a multiplatform wireless headset that boasts ANC and great performance, the Stealth Pro is well worth considering.

Alternatively, consider the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless, Razer BlackShark V2 Pro or the Turtle Beach Stealth 600 Gen 2.

Xbox Wireless Headset

Best Xbox gaming headset

4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Platform compatibility
XBO, XSS, XSX, PC
Connectivity
Xbox Wireless, Bluetooth, USB-C
Battery life
15+ hours
Starts at
$139

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

pro
Pros
pro Great price wireless
pro All-day comfort
pro Impressive battery life
con
Cons
con Multiplatform inconveniences
con Can leak sound
con Compromises with Bluetooth audio

I cannot get over how much value Microsoft has stuffed into a competitively priced wireless headset. The simply named Xbox Wireless Headset is simply impressive. With a sub-$150 asking price, you get a great first-time wireless headset with all-day comfort. The battery life is great, the microphone works well (despite my initial misgivings) and it has some of the most intuitive on-ear controls I’ve ever encountered. While it’s smooth sailing for Xbox users, you may encounter some Windows weirdness when trying to use these comfy cans on PC. Despite other minor detractors, like some sound leakage and Bluetooth audio weirdness, the Xbox Wireless Headset is still a fantastic place to start cheap wireless and Xbox headset comparisons.

For Xbox alternatives, consider the Corsair HS65 (wired); otherwise, the pricier Turtle Beach Stealth Pro Xbox or SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless (Xbox version).

Razer Barracuda Pro

Best PlayStation gaming headset

3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
Platform compatibility
PS4, PS5, PC, Mac, Switch, mobile
Connectivity
2.4GHz (dongle), Bluetooth 5.2
Battery life
40+ hours
Starts at
$396.82

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

pro
Pros
pro Well-balanced sound
pro Comfortable earcups
pro Great battery life
con
Cons
con Headband fit
con Mic ain’t flash
con Bulky 2.4GHz dongle

Because of reported hardware restrictions in Xbox consoles, it’s more straightforward to make gaming headsets that are compatible with PlayStation, PC and Nintendo Switch. Case in point, the Razer Barracuda Pro. These high-end Razer headphones offer well-balanced sound out of the box and killer battery life, without relying on replaceable batteries. They’re also designed in such a way that they can be used as a gaming headset or everyday headphones, which includes a hard carry case. That said, while the Barracuda Pro headset is comfy around the ears, the headband is a bit finicky for a secure headbanging-proof fit. In fairness, that may only be an issue for people with larger heads (like me).

For PlayStation alternatives, consider the Corsair HS65 (wireless), Epos H3Pro Hybrid, Razer Barracuda X, Logitech G535 Lightspeed or the official Sony Pulse 3D Wireless Headset.

Soundcore VR P10

Best gaming earbuds

4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Platform compatibility
PS4, PS5, Steam Deck, Switch, PC
Connectivity
2.4GHz, Bluetooth 5.2
Battery life
24+ hours
Starts at
$179.99

Pricing and availability only accurate as of last page update.

pro
Pros
pro Great platform connectivity
pro Solid sound (with EQ adjustments)
pro Good overall battery life
con
Cons
con Inconsistent earbud longevity
con Overwhelming EQ options
con No water resistance

I’ve yet to encounter on-ear gaming headphones and every gaming headset I’ve reviewed is over-ear, which is a straightforward way for passive noise cancelling. But not every gamer wants headphones. If that’s you, gaming earbuds may be more up your alley, and the Soundcore VR P10 is among the best wireless earbuds I’ve used. For a comparatively affordable price, the VR P10 comes with a low-latency 2.4GHz dongle and responsive Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity for multiplatform compatibility. I’m particularly fond of the charging case that has a spot for the dongle. Finer details aside, the VR P10s boast solid overall battery life and, if you don’t mind tweaking, some great all-round sound.

If your gaming earbuds budget allows for it, consider the Razer Hammerhead Pro HyperSpeed gaming earbuds for the best overall audio or the cheaper Razer Hammerhead HyperSpeed.

What to look for in a gaming headset

There are hundreds of gaming headsets to choose from. First, start with your desired budget. Under $100 will net you a wired headset but you can go wireless between $100 to $200. Prices between $200 to $300 are where you’ll find gaming earbuds and the start of versatile wireless headsets. Spend $300+ and you’re getting into the premium range with top-tier features.

With your budget sorted, think about the platforms you want to use a gaming headset on. If it’s just one or two—particularly if that’s a particular console and a PC—you can save money with more straightforward compatibility. But if you want a truly multiplatform headset, especially one that can double as everyday headphones, expect to pay a premium.

All-day comfort is important for longer gaming sessions, as is battery longevity that can keep up with your gaming needs. Expect cheaper headsets to have tinnier-sounding microphones, but that’s less a concern for you and more for your teammates. Nice-to-have features that cost extra are replaceable batteries (and earcups), active noise cancelling, a carry case and hi-res capabilities.

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How we choose the best gaming headsets

Our first step when choosing the best gaming headsets is referring to the dozens of reviews we’ve done. We use a comprehensive comparison guide to evaluate gaming headsets across a variety of critical factors, including price, features, performance, comfort, user experience and extras.

With a round-up of the gaming headsets reviewed in the last 18 months, we separate contenders into meaningful categories based on user interest: namely, wireless, cheap, Xbox, PlayStation and gaming earbuds. Price is important but not the be-all and end-all, particularly when more premium models offer extras to justify the overall value.

All of our category winners and recommended alternatives have been put through their paces in hours-long reviews. We test gaming headsets as everyday headphones and during intensive gaming sessions, paying particular attention to comfort and battery life claims for wireless headsets.

Gaming headset frequently asked questions

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless (Xbox version) is the best gaming headset you can buy: it has great sound, all-day comfort and it’s compatible with all major platforms (gaming and non-gaming). Alternatively, consider the Turtle Beach Stealth Pro Xbox or Razer Barracuda Pro.
A good gaming headset is wireless, which means you should budget from $150 to $300 for an entry-level pair. Prices go up to around $600 for a premium multiplatform wireless headset with all-day comfort and all-day battery life, plus they can be used as everyday noise-cancelling headphones.
Yes, gaming headsets can actually help improve your gaming with all-day comfort, extended battery life, noise-cancelling microphones and virtualised 3D sound that lets you accurately identify audio cues in online games.
Nathan Lawrence
Written by
Nathan Lawrence
Nathan Lawrence has been banging out passionate tech and gaming words for more than 11 years. These days, you can find his work on outlets like IGN, STACK, Fandom, Red Bull and AusGamers. Nathan adores PC gaming and the proof of his first-person-shooter prowess is at the top of a Battlefield V scoreboard.

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